The Spirit of ‘45 Tour stopped on Hilton Head Island on Wednesday.
The Spirit of '45 Tour is a group of men and women dedicated to
keeping the spirit of 1945 alive, traveling the country and encouraging
communities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year.
This event hosted the Hilton Head Big Band Jazz Bank, a speech
from the mayor of Hilton Head, Drew Laughlin and a parade throughout the
Cypresses' large campus filled with and honoring veterans.
"I'm doing this to honor my
dad, but I'm also doing this to honor all the World War II veterans that died
to make this country as it is today," said Auston O'Neill, national bugler of
The Spirit of '45. "And we wouldn't have the freedoms that we have if those man
and woman hadn't served and died."
The Cypress Community on Hilton head island was also officially
recognized as the first purple heart community in the country.